“Now the proper good of a creature is to surrender itself to its Creator—to enact intellectually, volitionally, and emotionally, that relationship which is given in the mere fact of its being a creature. When it does so, it is good and happy.” -C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
“We are not merely imperfect creatures who must be improved: we are, as Newman said, rebels who must lay down our arms.” -C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
“The human spirit will not even begin to try to surrender self-will as long as all seems to be well with it. Now error and sin both have this property, that the deeper they are the less their victim suspects their existence; they are masked evil.” -C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
“Willingness to listen is itself a significant aspect of repentance and renewal.” -David Powlison
“When you get to know a person well, you know both the panorama and the details. But biblical change walks out in the details. The patterns, themes, and tendencies of our lives are what we see when, figuratively, we view our lives from the observation deck of the Empire State Building. From one hundred floors up, Manhattan and the Hudson River spread serenely before you. But the action and noise of life happens at the corner of Fifth Avenue and 34th Street, and when we take the Lincoln Tunnel home to Hoboken. The big stories of our lives are worked out in a running series of small scenes. This is how God has made it to be, but this is something that counselors and preachers often don’t understand. When you counsel (or preach) in great and good generalities, people will nod, but they rarely change.” -David Powlison
“Repentance is not merely the start of the Christian life; it is the Christian life,” -Joel Beeke
God intends to “break your schemes for earthly joy.” -John Newton
BTW NOTE: So we find lasting joy in him.